The Fourth Trimester

The birth of a child is an exciting, happy time—but it can also be overwhelming. During the fourth trimester, the time between birth and the baby's first birthday, approximately 10% of mothers experience persisting feelings of anxiety, despair, and sadness. Although you've likely heard references to the "baby blues," these more severe, lingering feelings may indicate perinatal mood disorder, which includes postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety.

Women navigating perinatal mood disorder may experience some of the following:

  • Feeling irritable or angry with those around youPerinatal Mood Disorder
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Sadness or depression
  • Feeling out of control or "crazy"
  • Problems eating or sleeping
  • Upsetting thoughts that you cannot get out of your mind
  • Anxiousness or panic
  • Worry that you'll hurt your baby, or yourself
  • Feeling you should've never become a mother

Perinatal mood disorders are the number one complication of pregnancy and childbirth. Please know you are not alone. There are a variety of resources available for counseling and treatment, including a support group at Saratoga Hospital.

Maternal Mental Health Support Group

  • First and third Thursday of the month
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting
  • To receive the login information, please call 518-580-2871.

More than 70% of women experience the "baby blues" after childbirth, but when these symptoms persist and combine with feelings of anxiety or despair, they could be warning signs of postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety. Although it is a frightening time, counseling and treatment are available. You are not alone.

Saratoga Hospital offers a bimonthly support group led by a Licensed Social Worker and a Registered Nurse who have completed specialized training specific to postpartum mental health. You do not have to have delivered your baby at this hospital to join. For more information, please call 518-580-2871.